While the Internet is a wonderful tool for finding and sharing information, support and resources, it is also a place where myths and non-factual information are abundant. There are unfortunately hundreds of myths about brain injury which you can find all over the Internet and which many people believe to be true. This information is not only misleading, but for brain injury survivors, it can be just plain hurtful. Keeping that in mind, we decided to put our heads together and come up with some of the most common brain injury myths. Some of the myths were inspired by some great conversation on our Facebook and Twitter pages, so thanks to all who comment and keep the conversation going! We’ve been posting these myths on Facebook and Twitter for the last few months to help increase awareness, so here are five of them all in one place.
This myth was one of the most talked about on our Facebook page and there’s no question why. This is one of the most common brain injury myths. The causes of brain injury vary – everything from car accidents and assault to stroke and sudden acute encephalitis. Because the brain can’t be seen, the injury can’t either. Just because someone “looks fine” doesn’t mean he or she doesn’t have a brain injury.
According to the Brain Injury Association of America, the term mild brain injury can be misleading as it’s only used in reference to the severity of the initial physical trauma that caused the injury and not the after-effects of the injury or damage caused. The after-effects of brain injury and amount of time it takes for the brain to heal are different for everyone.
A person who sustains a brain injury does not have to be knocked unconscious. Many people who suffer brain injuries never lose consciousness.
Although many believe strokes only happen to people who are much older, a stroke can occur at any age. We received many comments on this particular myth. Some commenters even shared their own stories. Two commenters said their children suffered strokes before they were even born and another said she had a stroke in her twenties.
This myth is quite common. A concussion is a brain injury and the time it takes to heal is different for everyone. Some people can experience after-effects, including headaches and brain fatigue, for weeks, months and even years. There is no set amount of time it takes for the brain to heal – every person and injury is different.
Which one of these myths bothers you the most? Stay tuned for a future Brain Injury Myths DEBUNKED Part 2 post! For more information on brain injury, go to www.biama.org.